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Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies Program


Undergraduate Program

Program-Specific Features

The Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies Program (JACS) is a four-year undergraduate program that immerses students in the complex and fascinating relationships between Japan and other East Asian countries. JACS is designed for students who are interested in global developments, both political and cultural, and who are passionate about understanding the complexities of the world we live in. The program begins with introductory level courses in literature, cinema and visual culture studies, and history, providing students with a strong foundation in the key concepts and theories of cultural studies. As they progress, students will have the opportunity to take more specialized courses in their areas of interest, exploring the cultural dynamics that shape our world. In their fourth year, students will write a capstone thesis in one of the three fields, culminating their studies with an in-depth research project that showcases their mastery of the subject matter.

JACS is looking for curious, open-minded students who are eager to learn about new cultures and perspectives. Ideal candidates are those who enjoy thinking deeply about complex issues and are committed to making a positive impact in the world. The program emphasizes the development of vital academic skills such as critical thinking, analytical reading, and effective communication. Graduates of the JACS program are equipped to engage with ongoing global issues and to facilitate cultural exchange and friendship between Japan and the world. The program offers a vibrant and intellectually stimulating community of scholars and students from around the globe and provides students with access to a wide range of resources, including opportunities to connect with internationally distinguished scholars, participate in study abroad programs, and engage in original research. Prospective applicants are welcome and encouraged to contact the faculty if they have questions.

Past Undergraduate Research Themes
  • The New Women’s Association and the Red Wave Society (1919-1922)

  • The Good-Wife-Wise-Mother Ideology in Taiwan fujinkai (1934-39)

  • Advertisement Trends in Shashin Shūhō (1938-44)

  • Chinese Overseas Students in early 20th Century Japan

  • Kimono as Fashion in Interwar Japan

  • Gender, Nationalism and Authenticity in Post-millennial Japanese Contemporary Art Discourse

  • The Development of Modern Sports in Japan

  • Whiteness and Whitening Cosmetics in Modern Japanese Culture

  • Transmedia Storytelling in Historical Video Games

  • Rethinking the State in Ghost in the Shell

  • Genre Fusion and Cultural Politics in Nikkatsu’s Borderless Action Film Cycle

  • Patriarchy, the Construction of the Self, And Family in Ekuni Kaori’s Literature

  • Voices in Post-3.11 Japanese Theatre

  • Hybridity and Metamorphosis in Tawada Yōko’s literature

  • Revisiting Dazai Osamu’s The Setting Sun


Graduate School of Humanities/School of Humanities

〒464-8601 名古屋市千種区不老町

Furōchō, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya 464-8601 Japan

People: Tristan R.GRUNOW, Kristina IWATA-WEICKGENANNT, MA Ran

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